Canine Hip Dysplasia 101

According to Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) data, 14.3% of screened purebred dogs had hip dysplasia. This is an average that considers all dogs, but many breeds had incidence rates near 50%. Hip dysplasia is a common, often severely disabling condition that is likely inherited and challenging to eliminate completely from the canine population. Our [...]

How to Make the Holidays Safe for Pets

The holiday season, with its festive decorations, delicious feasts, and lively gatherings, is a joyous and celebratory time. However, the traditional trappings pose potential hazards to your pet. From the abundance of sweets to alluring decorations, pet safety threats abound during this festive time of year. Our Neighborhood Veterinary Centers of Waller team wants to [...]

Giardia in Dogs: Separating Myth from Fact

In some countries, Giardia is a common water-borne parasite and the cause for many travelers’ diarrhea. This hardy protozoan is also a frequent canine diarrhea cause in the United States and globally. The parasite can live for long periods under the right conditions, waiting to infect its next canine host. Because Giardia spreads so easily, [...]

Unraveling the Mystery of Cat Scratching

Your brand-new, outrageously expensive sofa sits in your living room, oozing elegance, when from the hallway’s shadows, out slinks your cat, eyeing the new addition with wicked delight. They creep closer, admiring the material, stretching their toes in anticipation…  If this scenario sounds like your worst nightmare—or perhaps describes a horror that you’ve already witnessed—you [...]

8 Reasons Your Dog Might be Limping

Many dogs are extremely active and prone to orthopedic injuries that cause them to limp or favor a limb. While most injuries are minor and resolve within a few weeks, others may require corrective surgery or long-term treatment. A dog can also experience lameness as a result of a developmental disorder, infection, or cancer, which [...]

Why and How to Train Your Dog: Getting Started

A well-trained dog makes a wonderful family companion, but a poorly trained dog can be difficult to live with and is at risk for re-homing or even euthanasia in extreme cases. Your responsibility as a dog owner is to help your four-legged friend understand their world by teaching them to adhere to specific rules and [...]

Splish-Splash: Pet Water Safety Tips

Swimming and playing in the water, whether the backyard pool, a lake, river, or ocean, is an excellent way for dogs to burn off energy while simultaneously beating the summer heat. Swimming is a highly effective exercise and can be therapeutic, but also carries some risks for your pet. The Neighborhood Veterinary Centers of Waller [...]

An Unpleasant FAD: Flea Allergy Dermatitis in Pets

Seeing fleas creep through your pet’s fur is upsetting, but when those pesky parasites cause your four-legged friend to experience an allergic reaction, the situation becomes much worse. Flea bite allergy, or flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), is a leading cause of allergies in pets. Read our Neighborhood Veterinary Centers of Waller team’s guide to FAD, [...]

5 Reasons Why Every Pet Deserves a Microchip

Life-saving decisions aren’t always big—sometimes, they’re no bigger than a rice grain. According to the American Humane Society, approximately 10 million pets are lost or stolen every year. Microchipping is a simple, effective, and affordable method that can ensure your beloved pet is identified and returned to you should the unthinkable happen. If that sounds [...]

6 Toxic Foods to Avoid Giving Your Pet

You share so much with your pet—cuddles, the bed, your favorite couch spot—but sharing food with your pet can do more harm than good. Many foods that are safe for people can be toxic to pets. These toxic foods can cause your pet severe health issues and, in some cases, can lead to death. To [...]

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